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Phlebotomist School in Arizona - AZ

Phlebotomists draw blood for medical tests, research, transfusions and blood donations, often explaining procedures and potential side effects to patients. They can work in hospitals, medical labs, physicians' offices and blood donation centers. Knowing how to interpret lab orders and properly draw blood from sometimes nervous patients is a true skill -- and one that requires formal training.

Snapshot: Phlebotomy schools in Arizona

Phlebotomy schools in Arizona strive to help prepare future phlebotomists for the the rigors of the workforce. Students will learn how to obtain and handle blood specimens in a way that complies with state and national health and safety standards. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) reports that most phlebotomists must earn at least a postsecondary certificate to enter the field, though a handful of professionals enter the field with just a high school diploma and learn on the job. Programs can and do vary, but may include the following types of courses:

  • Basic phlebotomy skills
  • Specimen processing
  • Fundamentals in healthcare delivery
  • Advanced techniques in phlebotomy procedures
  • Medical terminology

Phlebotomy schools in Arizona often require students to complete a certain number of clinical hours before completing their degrees or certificates. Note that in addition to instructing students in basic phlebotomy care, these schools help students meet the minimum education requirement necessary for professional certification.

How to become certified in phlebotomy

The BLS reports that though phlebotomists need not be certified to practice in Arizona, almost all employers prefer to hire candidates who have obtained some form of certification. Requirements for certification vary, but, generally speaking, usually require candidates to complete formal classroom training and accrue a certain number of clinical hours. They must also successfully pass an exam that may include both written and practical tests, which allow candidates to demonstrate their skill to an evaluator. According to the BLS, several organizations certify phlebotomists, including the National Center for Competency Testing, the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Medical Technologists. The Center for Phlebotomy Education maintains an online directory of nationally recognized organizations that certify phlebotomists.

Typical earnings and career outlook for Arizona phlebotomists

Demand for phlebotomists can vary from one area to the next. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Career OneStop (careerinfonet.org), employment of phlebotomists in Arizona is projected to grow by about 15 percent between 2010 and 2020. Though this is slower than the BLS's (bls.gov) projected 27 percent growth in phlebotomist demand nationwide between 2012 and 2022, it is still a bit faster than the average for all occupations nationally. The BLS reports that as of 2013, the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metropolitan area ranked among the top 10 metros nationally for total employment of phlebotomists.

As with employment trends, several factors can influence phlebotomists' earnings, like geography, training and experience. The BLS reports a 2013 median hourly wage of $14.24 for phlebotomists in Arizona and a national median hourly wage of $14.50 during that same time.

Sources:

American Medical Technologists, http://americanmedtech.org/Home.aspx

American Society for Clinical Pathology, http://www.ascp.org/

"Directory of Phlebotomy Certification Agencies," Center for Phlebotomy Education, http://www.phlebotomy.com/Certification-Agencies.cpe

National Center for Competency Testing, https://www.ncctinc.com/default.aspx

Phlebotomists: Arizona, Occupational Profile, Career OneStop, http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=31&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=319097&menuMode=&stfips=04&x=56&y=9#SectionOp2

Phlebotomists, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319097.htm

Phlebotomists, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm

Phlebotomy, Center for Curriculum & Transfer Articulation, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges, https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm?id=33228

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